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    Why Are Democrats Kissing The Ring Of Al Sharpton?

    Why Are Democrats Kissing The Ring Of Al Sharpton?

    Many of the same Democrat hopefuls who boycotted AIPAC last month could be found pandering to the infamous race-baiter this week.

    Rev. Al Sharpton’s fortunes have been on the upswing. A few years ago, in a Politico whitewashing of his career, we learned that Sharpton had been transformed into the go-to civil rights guru for the Obama administration. “If anything,” Glenn Thrush noted at the time, “the Ferguson crisis has underscored Sharpton’s role as the national black leader Obama leans on most, a remarkable personal and political transformation for a man once regarded with suspicion and disdain by many in his own party.”

    The former president claimed that Sharpton was “the voice of the voiceless and a champion for the downtrodden.” In the real world, of course, the only downtrodden Americans helped by Sharpton’s activities are the ones who find themselves on the payroll benefitting from his numerous corporate shakedowns.

    Yet apparently Obama’s resuscitation of Sharpton (who, since 2011, has been at MSNBC, a cable news network that interminably lectures uncouth Americans on proper tone) has worked. Many of the very same Democratic Party hopefuls who boycotted the tepid bipartisanship of an AIPAC conference last month could be found speaking at Sharpton’s National Action Network Convention in New York this past week, pandering to a charlatan with a history of inciting violence and racism.

    Texas politician Beto O’Rourke, who this week accused 12-year Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of being a “racist” and a false leader of Israelis, was there, obsequiously telling Sharpton he would support a study on reparations. He wasn’t alone. Many of the people who had recently defended anti-Semite Ilhan Omar—Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders, among others—were yucking with a guy who once said, “We taught philosophy and astrology [sic] and mathematics before Socrates and them Greek homos ever got around to it.”

    Sharpton most famously threw an entire city into turmoil in 1987 when he cynically exploited the hoax of a black teen named Tawana Brawley—who claimed to have been raped, kidnapped, smeared with feces, and left wrapped in a plastic bag by a group of white men in Dutchess County, New York—for attention. To the surprise of absolutely no one, a state grand jury would find that her claims had been fabricated, perhaps as a way of avoiding punishment from her dad for staying out late.

    When Sharpton and Brawley lost their defamation suits, it would not be the founder and president of the National Action Network Convention who would struggle. After 26 years, Brawley was the one who couldn’t pay her debt.

    Then again, ruined lives are strewn across Sharpton’s career. Maybe Democrats need to be reminded that Sharpton used a tragic 1991 car accident to incite a four-day race riot in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Or maybe they just don’t care. It was Sharpton who stoked anger over the imaginary nexus between “Tel Aviv” and “South Africa” and the “diamond merchants right here.” After the Jewish community protested, Sharpton said, “Jews want to get it on, tell them to pin their yarmulkes back and come over to my house.”

    But, of course, Sharpton’s bejeweled and rotund frame was, as always, hiding behind bodyguards. It was his mob that took over. And one man who forgot to pin back his yarmulke was Yankel Rosenbaum, a 29-year old Orthodox Jew visiting from Australia who, after turning down a wrong street, was dragged from his car to the shouts of “Kill the Jews!” by throngs of angry protesters and stabbed to death. Never once has Sharpton shown any remorse for his role in this bloodletting.

    When, in 1995, Fred Harari, a Jewish sub-tenant who operated a store called Freddie’s Fashion Mart, evicted his own sub-tenant, a black-owned record store owner, Sharpton, who told the protesters, “We will not stand by and allow them to move this brother so that some white interloper can expand his business,” saw another opportunity to provoke chaos.

    Never mind that it had been a black Pentecostal church that had asked Harari to evict the record store owner. If you’re inclined, you can listen to his ceaseless race-baiting and anti-Semitism that Sharpton allowed, and engaged in, on his show day in and out. The venomous protests, fueled in part by his show and his presence, soon began to resemble a mob. When Roland Smith Jr. went in with a gun, he asked all the black patrons to leave before he killed everyone else. The “white interloper,” as Sharpton perceptively predicted, “did not expand his business in Harlem.”

    Never once, as far as I can tell, have any of his didactic colleagues on cable news asked him about these career highlights. Not once did a reporter ask any of the presidential candidates about Sharpton’s history.

    As a native New Yorker, I hold a grudge. That doesn’t mean others can’t forgive Sharpton for the horrible things he’s done. It’s something else, however, when a remorseless man with a history of hucksterism and cruelty is not only being flattered as national moral leader by presidential candidates but that those same politicians are being given a free pass as they kowtow to a reprehensible character.
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    It's the "woke" thing to do. Sharpton still holds aa majority approval rating with black voters, so woke away!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill the Cat View Post
    It's the "woke" thing to do. Sharpton still holds aa majority approval rating with black voters, so woke away!!
    Such a role model! Can you spell Tijuana Brolly*?

    Tawana.jpg


    *15 Years Later, Tawana Brawley Has Paid 1 Percent Of Penalty
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cow Poke View Post
    Such a role model! Can you spell Tijuana Brolly*?

    Tawana.jpg


    *15 Years Later, Tawana Brawley Has Paid 1 Percent Of Penalty
    Never forget his inciting racial hatred which led to a massacre of seven people at Freddie's Fashion Mart.

    I'm sure that Sharpton and the Anti-semitic congresswoman Ilhan Omar would get along well together given his expressed hostility toward Jews.

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    He's not even a Reverend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparko View Post
    He's not even a Reverend.
    According to Wikipedia:

    Sharpton was licensed and ordained a Pentecostal minister by Bishop F. D. Washington at the age of nine or ten. After Bishop Washington's death in the late 1980s, Sharpton became a Baptist. He was re-baptized as a member of the Bethany Baptist Church in 1994 by the Reverend William Augustus Jones and became a Baptist minister.


    I don't know if he has ever been associated with a particular church or just uses the title in order to get tax breaks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rogue06 View Post
    According to Wikipedia:

    Sharpton was licensed and ordained a Pentecostal minister by Bishop F. D. Washington at the age of nine or ten. After Bishop Washington's death in the late 1980s, Sharpton became a Baptist. He was re-baptized as a member of the Bethany Baptist Church in 1994 by the Reverend William Augustus Jones and became a Baptist minister.


    I don't know if he has ever been associated with a particular church or just uses the title in order to get tax breaks.
    I can become a minister/reverend by filling out a form online, but that doesn't make me one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparko View Post
    I can become a minister/reverend by filling out a form online, but that doesn't make me one.
    True. Different denominations have different requirements and there is no set standard. As you said you can legally become a minister by simply being able to sign your name and establishing a "church" is also ridiculously easy as political commentator and satirist John Oliver demonstrated

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    Quote Originally Posted by rogue06 View Post
    True. Different denominations have different requirements and there is no set standard. As you said you can legally become a minister by simply being able to sign your name and establishing a "church" is also ridiculously easy as political commentator and satirist John Oliver demonstrated
    In my county in VA, you have to have an established congregation to be licensed. I was licensed by the International Pentecostal Holiness Church for several years and officiated 2 marriages in that time.


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